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Boston College 51, Colgate 0: Jeff Hafley postgame press conference

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 28 Louisville at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jeff Hafley addressed the media yesterday following BC’s 51-0 season-opening win over Colgate:


  • Hafley thanked the students and fans for bringing the energy all day: “I asked the students to get in, and they did. It means so much to this team.” He noted that when the team got out of mass in the morning fans were already tailgating, and it was a great sight for the team.

“This is what college football is all about, and it takes all of us... it was a really fun day, and I’m grateful to be part of it.”

  • On shutting out Colgate, BC’s first season-opening shutout since 2009, Hafley said “it’s hard to shut out anybody, and [Colgate] was 0-for-10 on third down... give the defensive players credit, for a young defense to give up 189 yards and 0 points, I don’t care who you’re playing, it says a lot about them.”

    He noted that Marcus Valdez was out with injury, and will ‘hopefully be back soon’ - but BC had to rotate through a lot of young players on the defensive line.
  • Hafley noted how pleased he was to see BC commit just two penalties, and win the turnover battle 2-0.
  • On the versatility of Zay Flowers: “You can use him in the horizontal pass game, you can use him in the vertical game, you can hand the ball off to him, you can throw him screens - he’s a dynamic player.” He expects Flowers to be one of the top players in the ACC.
  • On the start of the game for BC’s passing game: “You could tell we were a little bit shaky early on in the game, there were a few drops.” But overall he said Jurkovec settled in and had a very good game.
  • On Trae Barry’s leaping touchdown run: “I’ve never seen him do that in practice... but he kind of has that mentality and that personality. That was awesome, it got the crowd going.”
  • On Kobay White’s late appearance: “I wanted to get him some touches... get him the football, see how he reacted and responded. I thought he did a really good job.... he probably still isn’t 100%... but he’s going to continue to feel better, play better.”